Deactivate Selection Through Transparency Option in SOLIDWORKS

Article by Saeed Mojarad (CSWE) created/updated September 6, 2018

Having transparent faces helps a lot when working with large assemblies with a lot of inner components. When you click on a transparent face, SOLIDWORKS selects the visible opaque component behind it. Although it is a nice feature that can be helpful in many cases but in some other cases it can be a pain especially when you need to select the transparent body. The good news is that there are ways to bypass this default behavior of SOLIDWORKS when you deactivate the selection through transparency option.

If you need to select a transparent face for a few times you can simply use the shift key.

But if you need to completely change SOLIDWORKS behavior and want the ability to select all the transparent faces like an opaque one then you can go to Tools > Options > System Options > Selection and uncheck “Enable selection through transparency” checkbox.

Deactivate Selection Through Transparency

Deactivate Enable Selection Through Transparency

Now when you click on any transparent face, SOLIDWORKS will select that face instead of behind components.

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Saeed Mojarad (CSWE)

Saeed Mojarad is an application engineer at Javelin Technologies. He received his B.S from Mazandaran University, Iran; and his M.S. from École de technologie supérieure (ETS), Canada. He has several years of experience using SOLIDWORKS in different industries such as manufacturing and aerospace. Currently located in Calgary, he is helping SOLIDWORKS users all across Canada as a technical support and SOLIDWORKS instructor.

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